April 24, 2018
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Coach Trimper: UMaine baseball team must be patient at the plate against Hartford


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Time, site: Saturday (2), 1 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono

Records: Maine 24-15 (13-4 America East), Hartford 12-26 (9-9)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 85-26, Maine 7-2 on 3/23/13

Key players: Maine — 2B Troy Black (.350, 1 home run, 16 runs batted in), SS Mike Fransoso (.342, 2 HR, 32 RBIs, 15 stolen bases), LF Sam Balzano (.336, 18 RBI, 14 SB), RF Brian Doran (.315, 14 RBI), CF Colin Gay (.288, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 13 SB); Hartford — RF Ryan Lukach (.306, 3 HR, 16 RBI), CF Chris DelDebbio (.299, 20 RBIs), 1B Brady Sheetz (.284, 1 HR, 14 RBIs), SS Trey Stover (.278, 10 RBIs)

Pitching matchups: Maine — RH Tommy Lawrence (7-2, 1.82 earned run average, 50 strikeouts), RH A.J. Bazdanes (5-3, 3.34 ERA, 46), RH Mike Connolly (4-2, 2.79, 29); Hartford — RH Kyle Gauther (1-5, 7.31, 28), RH Brian Hunter (2-3, 3.68, 45), LH Sean Newcomb (3-3, 4.70, 65)

Coach Steve Trimper’s keys to the series: “We have to throw strikes and play clean defense. We need to be patient at the plate with Newcomb and Hunter. Most of all, we really need to have a lot of people come out on a beautiful day to give us home field advantage.”

Game notes: The Black Bears hope to get their offense in gear after scoring only five runs in 26 innings against Stony Brook. UMaine has won nine of its last 10 and leads AE by 3 1/2 games over Albany. The Bears want to win another series and maintain a hold on the top spot. Hartford is in fourth place but has lost three straight and seven of nine. The Hawks have made 28 errors in league play. Sheetz has been Hartford’s offensive catalyst while the hard-throwing Newcomb has scouts following him around.

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